Donna disappears into a doorway on Josh's left as C.J. appears to Josh's right. He starts to talk to her; she says she knows she walked right into it, and that there was no other direction to walk. "Please, just answer 'no' to this question: has the President considered it?" Josh says he hasn't; C.J.'s happy about that. Josh equivocates: "Not that I know of." C.J.'s irked; Josh says no again. Sam appears and says that POTUS should consider it. C.J. says Mitchell won't get a seat on Foreign Relations, and that there isn't a seat open. There's a lot of roundabout regarding the various musical chairs that could be played out on various committees which would in fact create an open seat on Foreign Relations. C.J. still doesn't think that means Mitchell will get it; Sam says he will because no one else is going to want it. Toby, who recently wandered up, says that's because there's no money in it; the Foreign Relations Committee has no control over any money, so there are no lobbyists and no fundraisers involved. C.J. cites the Constitution on the calling of lame-duck sessions, mentioning that "extraordinary circumstances" have to be involved. Josh asks, "It's a treaty that's vital to national and global security. What kind of extraordinary circumstances do you have in mind?" Sam thinks they have no chance of ratifying it with the new Congress, and adds that while he's never lived through a "massive nuclear explosion of radiation decimating all forms of life within a two hundred mile radius, [he's] seen pictures, and [he] couldn't agree with Josh more in his interpretation of the 'extraordinary circumstances' clause in the Constitution." Toby asks whether Leo's free now; Josh glances at a clock and says he will be in five minutes. C.J. insists that the people are gone, Congress has been adjourned, twelve of them were voted out of office, and that if POTUS calls a lame-duck session it's going to look like politics. Toby says that it is politics. C.J. asks what they're going to tell the twelve people who are out there looking for new jobs. Toby: "They may not be done with their old ones yet." C.J. goes off to her office. Josh looks in Toby's direction; fade to credits.
Episode Report CardDeborah: B- | 758 USERS: C+
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